First meeting of the Prime Minister Cerar and the Prime Minister Orešković

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Mr Tihomir Orešković on his first visit abroad supported the initiative of The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Mr Miro Cerar contained in the letter to his colleagues last week to swiftly stem the migration flow on the Western Balkans Route by helping Greece to tackle the migratory flow as well as Macedonian authorities to enhance control over its southern border.

The announcement by the new Croatian Prime Minister Miro Kovač that Croatia will have to improve relations with its neighbours are coming true. While Orešković’s predecessor Zoran Milanović managed to get Croatia into a fight with all of its neighbours in the year before the parliamentary elections, the first signals from the new government, including about closer cooperation in the refugee crisis, are a reason to be optimistic.

However, there are many other issues, the foremost being the arbitration agreement which Croatia left last year, in which no major changes can be expected.

While Orešković, being a businessman, maybe understands the need for returning to the process better than most of Croatian politicians, it is a question what kind of push he will have as a new face in politics.

It is a sort of a public question in Croatia how much time he will devote to foreign policy or will he leave it to President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, the commentary adds under Encouraging but too Little.